- Coat of arms of Malta
Infobox Coat of arms
name = Coat of arms of Malta
image_width = 160
motto = _mt. REPUBBLIKA TA' MALTA
The Coat of Arms of Malta is the
emblemof the country of Malta. The present coat of arms is described by the Emblem and Public Seal of Malta Act of 1988as a shieldshowing an heraldic representation of the National Flag of Malta; above the shield a mural crownin gold with a sally portand eight turrets(although only five are visible) representing the fortifications of Malta and denoting a City State; and around the shield a wreathof two branches: the dexter of Olive, the sinister of Palm, symbols of peaceand traditionally associated with Malta, all in their proper colours, tied at base with a white ribbon, backed red and upon which are written the words "Repubblika ta' Malta" ("Republic of Malta" in Maltese) in capital letters in black. It also appears on the flag of the President of Malta. It also appears on the 10c, 20c and 50c Maltese euro coins.
Coat of Arms used between 1975 and 1988
This coat of arms was adopted on the
11 July 1975, a year after Malta became a republic. It showed a coastal scene with the rising sun, a traditional Maltese boat (the 'Luzzu'), a shovel and a pitchfork, and an Opuntia. All of these symbols are somewhat connected to Malta. Underneath the image the then new name of the state "Repubblika Ta' Malta" (Republic of Malta) was written.
This coat of arms could be still seen on a number of coins which were still in circulation until 1st January 2008 when Malta changed its currency to the
Coat of Arms used between 1964 and 1975
coat of armsdepicts two dolphins which support a blazonof the Maltese flag, one with palm branchand the other with an olivetwig representing Victory and Peacerespectively. Above is a crown shaped like a fortwith eight octagonal turrets surmounts a helmet, with red and white ribbons. Below are blue waves representing the surrounding Mediterranean Sea, the Maltese eight-pointed Cross representing the connection with the Order of St. John, and the motto "Virtute et Constantia" (by Valour and Firmness) on a ribbon. Nowadays, this motto is used by the National Order of Merit.
* The Coat of Arms of Malta has been selected as the main motif for a recent commemorative coin, the Maltese Auberge de Castille commemorative coin, minted in 2008. On the reverse the Portico of the
Auberge de Castilleis shown; while on the obverse the Coat of Arms is displayed.
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* [http://www.doi.gov.mt/EN/state/symbols.asp Maltese national symbols]
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